On my CultureMap column, I’ve written a number of posts about how wonderful Austin is and how much I love this adopted city of mine. For this, I’ve received comments telling me to “go home” and that “I’m the problem with Austin’s recent changes.”
These comments make me think of a conversation I had with a waitress at relatively new neighborhood restaurant here in town. The restaurant does not stay open late and caters towards respectable diners, but that hasn’t stop a disgruntled neighbor from chasing down patrons who park in his neighborhood with a hammer.
I think it’s fair to say that some Austinites don’t like change.
The only other town where I saw physical opposition towards not just newcomers, but visitors too, was Marfa, Texas, where a man in a cowboy hat stalked us down Main Street giving us a sermon about the evil city dwellers from Austin, New York and LA.
Change can suck ass. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
I’ve been here 3 1/2 years and even I can remember East 6th Street before there was a bar on every corner and parking became non-exisent.
Lately, I’ve found myself experiencing the same road rage I had in Los Angeles. Traffic like this shouldn’t be happening in Austin, right? That’s reserved for the asshole cities.
Construction is ridiculous. The skyline looks like a poorly performed polygraph test. Crime is up. Something stupid happened with the parking meters downtown. One time I stepped foot into the W Hotel and felt like I was at a cattle show.
But what would happen if we said “TAKE A HIKE, JERKFACE!” to all the non-Austinites who moved to our town?
What would Austin look like?